Yesterday, on Wednesday 20th September, we hosted our very first Sip & Paint with a Purpose event in partnership with Baron’s Court Project and HomeLess Made. Guan Chow, a guest from HomeLess Made was our guest artist for the evening leading us in painting his famous The Rainbow Tree. All with canvases and paintbrushes in hand we got to creative work.
At the start of the session, Guan showed and shared with us how he first created his Rainbow Tree and gave us techniques and tips whilst also encouraging our self-expression through our own creations. He told us that at the end of our painting session, he would share with us why The Rainbow Tree is of such importance to him. We all got into our creative flow whilst sipping on Sassy Cidres and Karma Colas, mixing colours and mastering our painting techniques. Guan came around to check on us and gave us his top tips!
Once we’d all come to the end of our painting masterpieces, we heard from the man himself. Guan told us about the time in his life where he was experiencing homelessness and how when he spent most of his days in the park, the trees in the winter were so barren and cold. However, when Spring came and the trees began to show life once more, it filled him with hope and determination; the trees have persevered and held on, and so can I. This pivotal moment in his life inspired him to paint The Rainbow Tree signifying hope and life itself. Guan is now a guest at HomeLess Made and his beautiful artwork is now printed onto cards and tote bags for people to purchase and support the guest artists work.
We then heard from Michael, the director of Baron’s Court Project. He told us about his journey to finding Baron’s Court Project, his work with vulnerable communities along the way and how special BCP is to him. BCP is a day centre for the vulnerable and it caters for the mind, body and spirit.
To round off the evening, we had more drinks, nibbles and chats, we walked around admiring everyone’s beautiful paintings and our Leiho and HomeLess Made market of goodies opened!
Lastly, we’d like to say a big thank you to all our incredible sponsors - Colart who donated all of the paint, canvases and paintbrushes, Sassy Cidre and Karma Drinks for all the delicious beverages and the yummy treats and nibbles from Tony’s Chocoloney and Savoursmiths.
A big thank you goes to our wonderful venue Union Chapel for having us again, this time in the stunning upper hall attic and for our do-good community for coming along to join us on our creative quest and your continuing support!
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